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Careers advisers get an insight into water industry opportunities

North East teachers and careers advisers took part in a special event at a water treatment works to learn about careers in the industry.

Northumbrian Water and the Education Development Trust held the event last week to give the visitors an insight into the many roles that go into delivering water and wastewater services.

The guests, who are all involved in delivering careers advice to pupils in schools, colleges and even for housing providers, were also given a behind the scenes tour of the Broken Scar Water Treatment Works, to see how Northumbrian Water supplies the Darlington and Tees Valley area with drinking water.

Sessions were also held to discuss the skills required for a range of careers in the water industry, while representatives of Northumbrian Water's Academy team outlined classroom activities that the teachers can take back to use with pupils.

Sophie Carvin, Northumbrian Water's academy manager, said: "People are often amazed by the many different jobs that make up a water company. We have more than 700 distinct roles within our business, so this was a fantastic opportunity to give people who are directly involved with delivering careers advice an insight that we hope can help influence and inspire young people to consider our industry as a great place to work."

For the first time the 2020 Water Industry Awards will feature a Rising Star of the Year category. This award will recognise a relative newcomer to the industry who has made their mark through their ideas, approach or hard work. Organised by Water and Wastewater Treatment (WWT) the event celebrates and rewards outstanding achievement and innovation in the UK water industry. It is taking place at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on 20 May 2020. For further information visit https://waterindustryawards.co.uk/ 

Author: Alec Peachey,
Topic: Skills & workforce
Tags: Northumbrian Water , schools , skills , colleges , Water Industry Awards

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